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Children's Act, 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005)

Chapter 14 : Drop-in centres

217. Drop-in centres to be registered


(1) Any person or organisation may establish or operate a drop-in centre provided that the drop-in centre—
(a) is registered with the provincial head of social development of the province where that drop-in centre is situated;
(b) is managed and maintained in accordance with any conditions subject to which the drop-in centre is registered; and
(c) complies with—
(i) the prescribed national norms and standards contemplated in section 216 and such other requirements as may be prescribed; and
(ii) the structural, safety, health and other requirements of the municipality.


(2) As from the date on which this section takes effect an existing drop-in centre registered in terms of the Child Care Act must be regarded as having been registered as a drop-in centre in terms of this section.


(3) A drop-in centre referred to in subsection (2) is regarded to be a registered drop-in centre for a period of five years from the date on which that subsection takes effect, unless its registration is withdrawn in terms of section 221 before the expiry of that period.